(SPRINGFIELD) A third new case of Legionnaires’ Disease has been reported this week in a resident at a western Illinois Veterans home. State officials announced yesterday that the latest laboratory-confirmed case is at the Veterans Home in Quincy and was reported late Wednesday. The resident is currently in stable condition. The illness has been linked now to the deaths of 13 people at the Quincy facility dating back to 2015. In response, the State is boosting water disinfection to reduce potential exposure, plus also installing a new filter on sinks to reduce aeration, limiting bathing to showers only, and checking residents’ temperatures every two hours while they’re awake. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention returned to the Quincy Home to review testing protocols for those with respiratory illness.
(CHICAGO) Illinois State Board of Education records show it’s moving to expand free testing by providing a set of college-admissions-related exams to all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders statewide. Officials say the move could cost taxpayers up to $75 million through the year 2024. The Chicago Tribune reports that 9th and 10th graders could be taking preliminary tests that lead up to a college entrance exam starting as early as a year from now, in spring 2019. The tests would aim to prepare students more for college and future careers. The three year testing is designed to measure student academic progress through high school.
(SPRINGFIELD) With lawmakers at the State Capitol this week for the Governor’s budget address this past Wednesday, many are calling for the Democratic state central committee to weigh-in on the future of Speaker Michael Madigan in the wake of sexual harassment allegations within the party and Madigan’s own political organization. In fact many say this goes far beyond the Democratic and Republican lines and effects everyone in state government. Madigan has refused the calls for him to step down as chair of the state party or to resign his speakership. More developments in the investigation are expected next week.